This first workshop, which will be held at the University of Birmingham on Saturday 9 November 2013, focuses on Oliver Lodge, physics, and civic science in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It features a number of talks, a visit to view a specially curated collection of Lodge materials in the Cadbury Research Library, and a roundtable discussing Lodge’s work, career, and times. Attendance is free and open to all. Details about registration will follow.
At the Birmingham Workshop, on the 9 November 2013, there will be a performance of Victorian popular science. This will be in the early evening and open to the public. Details of times and ticketing will be available here soon, but for now here’s a taste of what’s in store:
‘Roll up roll up! A re-enactment of how science and technology were presented to audiences around 1890.
What futuristic marvels amused the Victorians? We bring you the phonograph, magic lantern, animated photographs, and chemical and electrical experiments from over a century ago. How have attitudes to innovation and the future changed since then?
Our compere prepares the audience for a journey back in time to a science show in 1898. Professor Marmaduke Salt will first of all discourse upon the Electric Spark. This is followed by a phonograph demonstration by Mr George Wells, accompanying his Magic Lantern Lecture on “Ancient Music”. Miss Ann Veronica Stanley introduces the marvelous Animated Photographs. Professor Salt and his able assistant Mr. Selwyn demonstrate wireless telegraphy, and the show concludes with Mr. Selwyn’s warnings about the proper use of gases, accompanied by a shocking demonstration. We invite the audience to stay and discuss Victorian visions of the future, and how their approach compares to aspirations about science and technology today.’
With Aileen Fyfe, Iwan Morus, Tim Cockerill and Melanie Keene. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Proposals are invited for the first of our four workshops, to be held at the University of Birmingham on Saturday 9 November 2013.
The physicist Oliver Lodge spent most of his scientific career at the newly founded University College Liverpool before joining the University of Birmingham as its first Principal in 1900, retiring in 1919. This workshop, the first in a series of four organized by James Mussell and Graeme Gooday’s AHRC Research Network ‘Making Waves, Oliver Lodge and the Cultures of Science, 1875-1940’, will investigate both the place of science within the university and the place of the university in the city. Hosted by the Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity at the University of Birmingham, we invite papers that consider Lodge’s legacy for the University and Birmingham, as well as those that consider the place of science in the civic university at the end of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth.
Proposals should be for papers of 40 minutes that explore any aspect of the workshop theme, including:
• Oliver Lodge’s career at the University of Birmingham
• The creation of the civic university
• The place of science in the civic university
• The relationship between pure and applied science within the university
• Oliver Lodge’s influence on the city of Birmingham
• University science education in the late 19th / early 20th century
• The creation of the University of Birmingham at Edgbaston
• Oliver Lodge’s complementary careers within and beyond the university
• Science communication and popular science in the late 19th / early 20th century
• Oliver Lodge’s wife and family and their respective lives, careers, and legacies
Please send proposals (500 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 13 September 2013.
This is the project blog for Making Waves: Oliver Lodge and the Cultures of Science, 1875-1940. The project funds a research network that brings together those interested in the physicist, engineer and spiritualist Oliver Lodge. The site is currently being set up, so check again in a few weeks.
The project is funded by the AHRC and is hosted by the Universities of Birmingham and Leeds.